8 Questions

Aleasa over at Happy Life is a friend from college. She is so spunky and fun, and our boyfriends (now husbands) were good friends, so we spent lots of time at gatherings together. She tagged me in an ask 8 questions, then tag 8 people to answer questions too thing. I had nothing of interest really to blog about today, so I am happy to answer some random questions.

Before I answer Aleasa’s questions, one thing: I defended my thesis proposal today. It went well. They had very minor edits for me…so I will be starting my actual research soon! Woohoo!


1. what is your current favorite song? Hands down….don’t laugh….Where’s the Love by Hanson. I have (and always will be) a Hanson fan. They still make fantastic music, but I will always love Where’s the Love. It takes me back to a happy place and it just instantly improves my mood. So this is my favorite song because no matter how I feel, it makes me happy.

2. what were you doing last year at this time? Last year at this time, I was engaged, planning a wedding, and struggling through Quantitative Methods class in my first semester of grad school. I was trying to quit grad school (because it was hard, and not exactly what I thought it would be), but I’m so glad I stuck it out. And I made it through that class with an A and am now doing a quantitative thesis!

3. name your top three TV shows. House, Top Chef (any of them….any season, Desserts, Masters, etc.), and probably Pawn Stars.
I have always loved House. I remember in high school, doing the dishes during the commercials because I didn’t want to miss a minute of House. Luckily, my husband loves House as much as I do!
I love competition shows, and Top Chef combines the competition with cooking. Love it!
And as far as Pawn Stars goes, I love it now because it is a show that Tyler and I watch together, talk about, and really enjoy together. So I think if I was a single lady it wouldn’t be in my top three, but now that I watch it, it is really interesting to see the stuff that comes into the pawn shop and try to estimate the values of the items. We really like it.

4. what’s your favorite restaurant or cuisine? or both? My favorite cuisine is probably Mexican. I sure do love some salsa and chips. I think for favorite restaurant, at the moment, its a local Italian place called Noodles. While I am dieting (and therefore carbs and pasta are not flowing freely), they have an AMAZING dish that isn’t really Italian in nature, it is more Mexican. It is a lime jalepeno creme chicken. Most of the time, they serve it over pasta, but I get it without, and its so satisfying and spicy and rich. The flavor is so unique. It is just a grilled chicken breast with this tangy, spicy cream sauce over it. Yum yum yum.

5. what’s for dinner tonight? Dinner tonight is left overs. Tyler is working late, so I’m having leftovers from Saturday- buffalo chicken tenders (just spicy grilled chicken tenders) and spinach artichoke casserole (almost like the dip…but not as thick and cheesy).

6. what’s new for you in 2011? New for me…so much! I will graduate grad school and for the first time in 19 years, NOT be a student! We will move to Fort Smith, I will start a new full time job…and hopefully we will begin building a house. So many new things in the making!

7. if you could bring back one trend, what would it be? I would bring back butterfly clips. I used to use those little butterfly clips to make the coolest, trendiest things with my hair. Now my hair is blah (its cute, but it just hangs…or goes in a pony tail). Oh the things I could do with some butterfly clips….

8. what is your favorite piece of decor or furniture in your house? (pictures if you’ve got ’em!) My favorite piece of decor is more for the sentimentality of it than the cuteness.
It would be the black leather trunk we have at the foot of our bed. All it does is hold bags (duffel bags, reuseable shopping bags, etc.), and it provides us for a place to sit when we put on shoes. But Tyler bought this for me, which is why it is special. One day, he came home early and we went to TJ Maxx, and I saw a trunk like this and said how much I liked it. Well, he decided to buy it for me, and we went back there…and it was gone. So we went all over town trying to find one like it…and finally found one online. But I just love that my thoughtful husband wanted to buy it for me…not because we “needed” it, but because it would make me happy. 🙂 And it does make me happy.

I tag Melissa @ Newlywed in Rhode Island
Abby at The Lady in Pearls
Amy at All Things Girl
Laura at Happy Beginnings
Kim at KP Designs
Kacee at Life in My Ark
Emily at Mrs. Saints
Emile at Our Life as Newlyweds


  1. i’m so glad i was able to provide a blogging topic haha! that trunk is so nice.. we need something just like that in our room. a place for shoes and to hide things!

    and i’m glad you stayed in grad school. i’m thinking of going back myself but i’m really intimidated to be honest! you’re an inspiration. i mean… it’s that or culinary school 🙂

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